Malta IAP hosted 392,676 passengers in April, registering an increase of 4.2% over the same month in 2014. April’s passenger growth is in line with the increase in aircraft movements of 4.1% which translated to a seat capacity increase over last year.
April also saw growth in the seat load factor, which measures the
percentage of filled seats on each flight, to 77.8%, compared to
76.7% during the same period in 2014.
Most of last month’s growth came from traffic to and from Italy and
Germany. The German market increased by 11.8%. This tallied to
5,836 more passengers than in 2014, largely due to the fact that the
Cruise and Fly operation was launched earlier this year. The airport
also registered an increase in traffic to and from Milan, Rome and
Catania which contributed to 13.9% more passengers in the Italy
market when compared to last year. Spain also re-entered the airport’s
top market list with a 15% increase in traffic over 2014.
Notably, traffic from Poland doubled in April, putting it in 6th place
on the airport’s top destinations list. The British market shrank by 3.1% with slight drops registered on Manchester and London-Gatwick flights
and reduced operations on regional routes. Traffic from France was also
reduced by 2.7%.
Meanwhile, the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) increased by 2.7% and cargo and mail decreased by 2%. (Source: maltairport.com, 5-May-2015)